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Playing Late

January 28, 2011

Many Friday evenings, you will find us at Our Museum. That is what the kids call it. This museum is all museums to them, so when I take them to other “museums,” they are sorely disappointed there is no mini-Wegmans or Bernstein Bears. Yes I, their mother who really likes museums, have spoiled ALL OTHER museums for them by regularly patronizing THIS museum.

Yeah, it’s the one that Jon Stewart feels VERY passionately about

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(Do yourself a favor and click on that to watch it).

Well, Strong National Museum of Play: you are messing with my game. It used to be that Friday evenings, the museum was sparsely populated. If you hit that sweet spot in the afternoon when the preschoolers have left but the folks who don’t come until Mommy and Daddy get home from work have not yet arrived, you’re home free. You can flit from feature to feature at whim. There is no competition for the ball pulleys or the helicopter cockpit. Elmo’s taxi is empty. There are so few people, your kids can spread out at a couple of different spots and you can still watch all of them.

Guess who is at the museum on Friday nights now? Teens. Packs of them. Yes, it was REALLY SMART of you to open your arcade of classic video games; it ensures a stream of revenue for the use of each individual game, and of course, you have brought in a new constituency of patrons who will pay your hefty admissions fee of $10-$12 AND bring their friends.

But hey, now I have to avoid the packs of teens and vigilantly watch my kids. Now those poorly dressed and hormoned-up gamers come down the hall and join my innocent children in the dancing light show. Total bummer. Strong Museum of Play, didn’t you know you were supposed to be my quiet quality reading time?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jo Pfaff permalink
    January 29, 2011 9:49 am

    Oh this totally stinks for you. we have been there once or twice when it was sparsely occupied and it was dream like.and of course we have been there when it is a zoo. i understand the need for revenue but i can only imagine the language and topics of discusion that might get heard by the kids. hmmm I hope it gets better but there are worse things and places the teens could be and doing. we all like to have those moments of no responsability like a child. I know thats why I love strong. hang in there emily, spring will be here soon and they will get tired of the same ole same.

  2. January 29, 2011 1:47 pm

    Well, that sucks. 😦

  3. February 2, 2011 12:45 pm

    That was freaking awesome. Thanks for sharing that link. I laughed, watched it again and laughed some more. Are you on some sort of mailing list for this stuff? Seriously.


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